The first Friday of each month is prime gallery trolling time in Philadelphia. I joined some Greater Philadelphia Polymer Art Meetup friends last Friday for a trip to the opening of Kathleen Dustin’s show at the Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia. I took some pictures of our gathering with Kathleen’s gracious permission, but the SD card on my cell phone went South on me so I have nothing to share. If you click on the link, you can see some of the outstanding pieces currently on display.
I don’t know which was more fun-having Kathleen pull pieces out of the case and explaining how she constructed them or listening to her and Beading Yoda discuss their design philosophies. By the way, checkout Kathleen’s newly-designed web site here.
A few years ago, Kathleen gave a wonderful presentation to the Philadelphia Guild on the evolution of her work. Which got me to thinking about why it is always a sheer delight to see her work. Not only is it technically brilliant but there is always a new aspect to it that pushes her body of work to a different level. Read this Polymer Clay Daily post on the changing focus of her work from representational to abstract. Then check out these links from the Polymer Art Archive: Evolution of Polymer Art, Articles by Kathleen Dustin on the Polymer Art Archive, and Turning Blue into Gold.
Later at a restaurant debriefing session over Italian food and wine at nearby BYOB La Locanda Del Ghiottone and a bottle of wine from Pinot Boutique, several Meetup members reminisced about traveling to Venice and to Murano. We all agreed that while Italian glass was beautiful, some of the objects tourists bring back from Murano deserve a place in the permanent glass collection of the Museum of Ugly. I mean seriously.
Don’t forget Bead Fest Philadelphia this weekend! Click here for more information.